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minority leader mitch mcconnell, but senato harry reid was very involved in all this, and the hold up for the last six some hours this evening, the republican leader, senate minority leader, mitch mcconnell, and the white house had fundamentally come to an agreement on principle, and there was this stall in the talks for the last hours tonight. it was because democratic leader harry reid was refusing to give in on some points that were very important to the democrats. and so he's won some concessions, and that should help make the vice president's sell even easier tonight. you know, there are some people saying, look, don't say we have a deal until you know, everyone signs on inside that room. now, what we know is that there is a deal in principle between reid, mcconnell, and the white house. that is the major hurdle they had to overcome, and it's now all but the selling, and of course, the voting, wolf. >> they have to draft it and put it in a form of legislation. dana bash is our senior congressional correspondent. is there anything else, jessica, you wanted to add before we bring i
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connell and harry reid. clearly the personal animosity got to be too much for those two to continue negotiating. clearly the president was happy with biden being a part of this final push here. if the reports are right, he is coming up to sell the deal to him. a lot of whom have expressed reservations about him. >> now, let's get reaction from the senate side. senator tom coburn as always sir, if we are going to throw over the see quester, i get that, but the thing that bothers me the most. if we are going to substitute tax revenues instead, i think that leads us down the wrong road. i agree. look, cutting $1.2 trillion over the next ten years was hard one to battle hard for the country to go through. what is being proposed now is $600 billion in tax increased with about a fifth of it to be spent to buy down things. with $480 billion to decrease the deficit. we had our choice we wouldn't be doing it that way. the government is too big and in effective we could take most of the money by decreasing spending. the 11th hour and there are a lot of people who shouldn't be having tax increases if we d
that was the danger. at the time, speaker boehner said to the president and harry reid, the senate needs to send something our way, and we will deal with it. i thought it was a humble and honest approach. now, they got it, and i do not think they're going to like it. host: again, the house comes into session around noon eastern time. keep your television on c-span as we continue our coverage of the so-called fiscal cliff. tactically, we went over the -- technically, we went over the cliff, but all reports are if this deal is approved by the house, they could retroactively fixed the tax hikes, and also before the sequestration or automatic spending cuts kick in wednesday, the have another day to deal with that as well. guest: nothing means anything around here. they can legislate things backward and forward, and make sure nobody feels any pain. it is incredible. host: a couple of more phone calls for charles hurt. mary. in mississippi, republican caller. caller: i would like to point out to all of the democrats that are appeased this morning that he raised taxes on the rich, that all he has reall
've also learned that president obama personally called harry reid and nancy pelosi to ensure that they are on board with this plan. our chuck todd says it is not likely that we would see a deal on that vote before midnight, just on the logistical standpoint the house remains adjourned until tomorrow. mike, what is the latest you're hearing about a possible vote tonight, maybe not before midnight at this point, but sometime during the night? >> yeah, i don't think it will happen before midnight, just too many procedural hoops to jump through, and they haven't even completed writing the bill. vice president joe biden arrived, met with harry reid briefly, and walked into the second floor and into the caucus room where democrats had gathered. joe biden's mention to pitch this deal, to the caucus, one mention, if they're going to bring it up tonight. we talked about the senate and how slow it moves. it can move very fast, when they have unanimous consent, in other words, where every senator says it is okay to move forward. that will be the trick. there will be a lot of senators wi
breakdown friday night after harry reid and mitch mcconnell essentially broke off negotiations. mcconnell at this point reached out to biden, and the upshot is what you've been reporting. the emerging details of this deal that have been trickling out all day. now, if joe biden is able to get democratic senators to sign on or at least, milissa, and that is an important point, to allow this vote to go forward without objecting to this expedited process that we're seeing here in the senate, and not a moment too soon, as you know, then a vote could conceivably happen some time tonight before midnight, or early into tomorrow morning. because essentially what has happened is the house of representatives has said they are not likely to vote on any product in the wee hours of the morning. in any event, it would not be approved by congress until after midnight until we have technically gone over the cliff, though the impact would be minimal if any impact were felt at all because this bill has built in retroactive provisions. in other words, those tax cuts would be effective as of midnight t
,000. senator harry reid said their goal was to protect america's middle-class. >> middle-class families will wake up today to the assurance their taxes will not go up 2,200 dollars each. they will have the certainty of how they will pay for groceries and car payments all during next year. >> mitch mcconnel agreed to the measure rather than let the middle-class suffer. >> we don't think they should be going up on everyone but we all knew if we didn't come to an agreement it would go up on everyone and we were not going to let that happen. >> the bill will also extend joplin less benefits and everything matters with the house of representatives when it reconvene this morning. >>> the president said while neither democrats nor republicans got everything they wanted, this agreement is the right thing for our country and the house should pass it without delay. >>> they also have the so called dairy cliff and it provides milk prices up to $8 per gallon. >>> and san francisco's minimum wage is also going up. people who live in the city will make the highest minimum wage in the nation moving th
on that this morning with our coverage on a "washington journal." here is what the majority leader harry reid had to say earlier this morning before the vote. >> working through the night and throughout the day, we have reached a deal with senator mcconnell to avert tax increases on middle class americans. i have said all along to our most important priority is to protect middle-class families. this legislation does that. middle-class families will wake up to date to the assurance that their taxes will not go up -- today to the assurance that the taxes will not go up $2,200 each. they will have the certainty to pay for groceries and car payments on next year. legislation protects 2 million americans lost their jobs during the great recession, losing their unemployment insurance. i'm disappointed that we were not able to make a grand bargain as we have for so long, but we tried. host: here is the headline in "the washington times." -- late into new year's eve, the criticism from the left was causing mr. biden had aches as he huddled with senate democrats to -- to persuade them to declare victory a
that vice president biden has been the good cop to harry reid's bad cop. 10 he has really helped to move things along. but right now things are merging behind the scenes. talks are continuing. again, the vice president, if he feels is needed will head over to the hill. milissa? >> do you see the same blame game going on as was happening yesterday with all the fingers pointing back and forth at each other saying it's your fault, no, it's yours? and do you any that we'll be hearing more from the president tonight? >> well, of course, it's always an open question if we'll be hearing more from the president. there is no word yet if we will actually be hearing from him tonight. it is getting quite late. so i think that the chance is diminished by the hour. but the president did point some fingers today. he had some sharp words for republicans in congress. essentially saying that they couldn't get a big deal done because not enough of them would get on board. that really rangled some folks on the hill. some folks wondered if it was potentially the wrong move to come out today with such strong
. mike? >> bret, essentially what this came down to is after senate majority leader harry reid did not return a counter proposal to senate republican leader mitch mcconnell he got on the phone with vice president biden who is known for cutting deals and they worked through the night and senator mcconnell told colleagues he thought he had a deal with the vice president on the whole tax issue and then at the last minute the white house threw in the idea of putting off these automatic cuts set to start in 2013. the sequestration. the across-the-board cuts to defense spending, regardless of merit of program, just slashing each program and also domestic cuts as well. the republicans were thought to not like the defense cuts. democrats were thought not to like the domestic cuts and so they thought that they would be able to figure it out before it got to this point but here we are on new year's eve late into the evening and they had not cut a deal and so what senate republican leader mitch mcconnell did was offer a bunch of different pay fors, if you will to put off those cuts for two mo
earning less than $400,000 couples earning less than $450,000. and harry reid said the goal was to protect america as middle class. >> and the families will wake up today that taxes will not go up. >> they will plan and pay for groceries, car payments. >> reporter: the senate minority leader said the republicans afreed to the measure rather than let the middle class suffer. taxes should not go up on anyone but we all knew if we did nothing they would be going up on everyone. we would not let that happen. >> the house reconvenes at noon and is expected to take up the measure at that time. >>> now on the secretary of state, doctors are saying that a blood clot that formed in her head is starting to dissolve. they are confident ├▒rshe will make a full recovery. it is located in the vein behind her right ear. they are treating with blood thinners and she will be released once the medication has been established. we'll be right back. and the thou on the first day of 2013. have a good night. here you go. you, too. i'm going to dream about that steak. i'm going to dream about that tiramisu. what
months. harry reid said their goal was to protect america's middle class. >> families will wake up today to the insurance that they're taxes will not allow $2,200 each. they can plan have to pay for groceries and rent during next year. >> republicans agree to the measure rather than let the middle class suffer. >> we all knew that if we did nothing they would be going up on everyone today. we were going to let that happen. >> the house reconvenes today at noon and is expected to take it that measure at that time. >> and number of new laws go into effect in maryland. the new same-sex marriage law is the most notable. >> the first official marriages were held earlier this morning. kim dacey is live with the details. >> it was an historic night at city hall as the first same-sex couples did get married in a special ceremony this morning. >> we met in 1977 and i did not believe gay people would see the time that they could marry. >> the day with the first same- sex couple to be legally wed at city hall. the mayor presided over the ceremony. >> it is a very emotional night. there are so many
,000 dollars. senate majority leader harry reid says the goal was to protect america's middle class. >> middle class families will wake up today to the assurances tax won't go up 2200 dollars each. they will have the certainty to plan how they will pay for groceries, car payments and all during next year. >> reporter: minority leader mitch mcconnell said republicans agreed to the measure rather than let the middle class suffer. >> we don't think taxes should be going up on anyone but we all knew that if we did nothing they would be going up on everyone today. we weren't going to let that happen. >> reporter: the house reconvenes today at noon and is expect to take up the measure at that -- expected to take up the measure at that time. >> law makers have to worry about the debt ceiling they have to keep in mind. today, the u.s. will reach the legal borrowing limit of 16.# trillion dollars. the treasury department is take measures to buy time until the end of february but after that they will not be able to pay off all the country's bills in the full on time. congress must vote to raise the debt
was to -- harry reid said the goal was to protect middle class families. >> middle class families are wake up assured their tax won't go you will 2200. they will know how to pay for car payments next year. >> reporter: mitch mcconnell said republicans agreed rather than let middle class suffer. >> we don't think taxes should be going up on anyone but we all knew that if we did nothing they would be going up on everyone today. we weren't going to let that happen. >> reporter: the house reconvenes at noon and is expected to take up the measure at that time. i am ed payne reporting. >>> many couples have been waiting a lifetime for this day. today, same sex couples can legally marry here in maryland. the measure was approved by voters back in november and sherrie johnson is live at city hall where some couples have already tied the knot. it's just five after six. >> reporter: that's right. a big day here in maryland. about 7 same sex couples tied the knot here at city hall in downtown baltimore. a historic day and baltimore mayor stephanie rawlings blake was actually the host of some of the firs
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of the democrats did. >> the little smirks and all that, but the fact is he went in there superseding harry reid who wasn't getting anything done. at least something happened. people wanted to see some sort of action. they wanted to know their congressmen who went home for the break would actually do something. >> here's mitch mcconnell on how this thing went together. he doesn't like the way it happened either but it's still done. >> shouldn't have taken us this long to come to an agreement, and this shouldn't be the model for how we do things around here. i know i can speak for my entire conference when i say we don't think taxes should be going up on anyone, but we all knew that if we did nothing, they would be going up on everyone today. each of us could spend the rest of the week discussing what a perfect solution would have looked like. but the end result would have been the largest tax increase in american history. so it took an imperfect solution to prevent our constituents from a very real financial pain. >> as we mentioned at the outset, the final vote in the senate -- remember, it sti
're not hearing much about that. majority leader harry reid in the senate, he has been critical in getting things done for the president, but in these last 48 hours or so, his role has been a little bit to the sidelines as the vice president has taken center stage for democrats. and has been able to try to bring this deal together, i also saw in the hallways tone, the president's liason of congress. he has been here working on all kinds of issues, he has a lot invested in this too. there will be people who most folks will never know their names, the key staffers who work very close well these leader who's have done most of the heavy lifting to get to a deal. mitch mcconnell, up for re-election in his home state in 204 1 4 and has that to consider as he goes forward as you think about the pressure on republicans to raise taxes in this deal. they are going to acknowledge doing that. that can be difficult, as well as will they be able to achieve enough spending cuts. there is a political issue for mitch mcconnell personally as well as trying to lead republicans. the president will have made an achie
leader for six years, he faced one filibuster. one. harry reid during his six year years -- at the time i made this chart a week or so ago, it was 387. now it's in the 390's. probably going -- well, in two days, i guess we wouldn't have anymore filibusters so we may not break 400. but what a contrast between one when lyndon johnson was majority leader and basically 400 in the six years that harry reid has been majority leader. that's an enormous change. and in addition, normally the objection to a majority vote was done on the final vote on a bill but starting about 1970, folks realized that any debatable motion, the same paralysis could be brought. you could object to a simple majority vote on any debatable motion. so i'm going to lay out how this has changed over the last 40 years in different categories. now, one is in nominations. mr. merkley: so here we see that before about 1968, there were virtually no filibusters on nominations. in fact, the rule was changed i believe it was 1949. there was a -- a question raised over whether the filibuster could be used on nominations, and after
. according to harry reid, they are still waiting for cbo, they have to get a prize take price e congressional budget office on the deal put on the table. i am not sure if richardson is in place, but this is the deal that we have been talking about throughout the day at fox business, that would raise taxes on individuals risen $400,000 or more. married couples $450,000 or more, as we learn later this evening this is the same deal that will have a buy down. keep the sequestration, the spending cuts that take place at 12:01, put on hold for two months, but that won't happen until you have to have the senate passed it an in the house passed it. we have seen no movement in the house because the house has not been given any details or any paper as they would say as to deal the senate is looking at right now. you're seeing a live picture outside one of the meeting rooms, this is the ohio clock, this is where usually get statements from harry reid and different members of the senate, but we did receive a message from charles schumer a vote taking place but midnight on the deal of earning the big tax
harry reid and minority leader mitch mcconnell from last night before the vote. >> mr. president, working through the night and throughout the day, we have reached an agreement with senator mcconnell to avoid tax increases on middle class americans. i have said all along that our priority is to protect a class families and this legislation does that. middle-class families will wake up today to the assurance that their taxes will not go up $2,200 each. they will have the certainty to plan how they pay for groceries, car payments, rent, all during next year. it projects 2 million of americans who lost their jobs during the great recession from losingup today to the assurancet insurance. i'm disappointed we were not able to make the grand bargain, as we've tried to do for so long. but we have tried. if we do nothing, the threat of a recession is very real. the passing of this agreement does not mean negotiations are at a halt. as far from it. i thank everyone for their patience today. and we have had a lot of patience. i also want to thank my friend, senator mcconnell, for his hard
connell, the democratic leadership of harry reid. i assume their staff people are writing it. >> you assume. my point is the legislator is i distrust any secret process that doesn't stand the light of day, doesn't have open hearings, isn't published. boehner promised at one point he would publish things for three days before they voted on them. i thought that was a good idea. obama campaign promising the negotiations would be on c-span. what they're doing right now is fundamentally wrong and not likely to help very much, and just leads us to the next crisis, which will be over the debt ceiling, to be followed by another crisis. >> i'm going to ask you to stick around if you can. >> unfortunately, i can't, but i do want to wish you a happy new year despite the fact that you're in washington. >> mr. speaker, to you and the entire family, we wish you a happy new year as well. we'll see you back here in washington at some point, i'm sure. >> take care. >> thank you very much. we'll get senator rand paul's perspective on what's going on. the republican senator from kentucky, when we come back. i plugged i
leader harry reid. after a long weekend dush -- weekend of tense negotiations vice president joe biden had spent sunday dealing directly with the senate's republican minority leader mitch mcconnell. and those contacts continued today. by early this afternoon amid reports of progress, president obama emerged in a campaign style setting. >> today it appears that an agreement to prevent this new year's tax hike is within sight. but it's to the done. there are still issues left to resolve. but we're hopeful that congress can get it done. but it's not done. >> it was widely reported that the deal would include making the bush era tax cuts permanent for families with incomes under $450,000 a year. for households making more than that amount, rates would rise from the current 35% to 39.6%. the agreement would also raise the estate tax. in addition, unemployment benefits would be extended for one year. otherwise some 2 million americans face the end of their benefits beginning in january. on the senate floor shortly before midafternoon, minority leader mcconnell confirmed that the stalemate on
coming up. hill right now. majority leader harry reid just spoke on the senate floor and adjourned the senate for the day. putting more pressure on house republicans to either pass the senate compromise on the fiscal cliff or kick the effort down the road to next congress. >>> it is a day of mourning in the ivory coast. and new year's celebration turned tragic early this morning when thousands tried to leave a fireworks show. more than 60 people were killed in the stampede. hundreds of others were injured. police say that most of the victims were children. a witness told reporters security forces showed up and tlig triggered panic. fireworks show was supposed to celebrate peace in the nation. >>> all flights in and out of syria's largest city are canceled tonight after clashes between the military and rebel forces. rebel leaders threatened to target all aircraft. they believed the syrian government is using commercial craft to bring in weapons. fighting intensified today in damascus suburb. syrian military claims to have killed rebels during an air attack there. today the president
this morning after talks between mcconnell and majority leader harry reid stalled. >> discussions continued today on a plan to protect middle class families from the tax increase tomorrow. there are a number of issues on which the two sides are still apart, but negotiations are continuing as i speak. >> reporter: the agreement would set the threshold for extending the bush tax cuts at $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for families. it would set the tax rate our income people at 39.6%, the rate under former president bill clinton. estates would be taxed at 40% above $5 million for individuals and $10 million for a married couple. unemployment benefits would be extended a year, as would the medicare doc fix and it would permanently fix the alternative minimum tax. a big concern for republicans is there are no new spending cuts. >> history has a way of repeating itself. somehow washington never gets the message and here we are 30 years later on the brink of another crisis on new year's eve still addicted to spending money. >> this has been a long road with a lot of frustration and many pe
. nonetheless, with the caveat it may not be over yet. >> we've heard that he reached out to harry reid and nancy pelosi and he spoke with them about everything that was going to take place tonight. what else do we know with how he responded to what's happening? >> well, it's interesting. the president chose today to have one of those campaign-style events with ordinary americans in the white house and an auditorium in the white house compound today. the president sort of came out in a jovial, joking matter. he painted a picture of a deal that was all but done, but he got in a lot of jabs, subtle and otherwise, at republicans and really angered folks. john mccain said he didn't know whether he was sad or angered by what the president had said. cooler heads have obviously prevailed here. and we do know that the president had been on the phone working this, even though joe biden was sort of the front man, flying point, if you will. and negotiations with mitch mcconnell. so, sure, the president has been very involved. he, you know, he has led this campaign style effort to try to force repu
earning less than $400,000 and couples making less than $450,000. harry reid said their goal was to protect america's middle class. >> families will wake up today to the assurance that their taxes will not go up $2,200 each. they can plan to pay for groceries and rent during next year. >> republicans agreed to the measure rather than let the middle class suffer. >> we do not think taxes should be going up on anybody. >> we all knew that if we did nothing, they would be going up on everyone today. we were not going to let that happen. >> the house reconvenes today at noon and is expected to take up that measure at that time. >> it is the first of the year meeting a number of new laws go into effect in maryland. >> couples were able to get marriage licenses as early as december. kim dacey is live with the details. hi, kim. >> it was truly an historic night at city hall as several same-sex couples took their wedding vows. >> we met in 1977 and i did not believe gay people would see the time that they could marry. >> they were the first same-sex couple to be legally wed at city h
mcconnell nor harry reid have gone to the podium to address reporters. i believe the vice president talking to reporters but they wouldn't have had some sort of public statement. is that a sign of trouble or something we should not read into? rich: they're starting for a formal statement just to make sure that what they have got here is something they can believe will pass the senate and can pass the house and congress and get its way to the white house. it is caution right now while there are leadership giving the okay on this deal, still have to make sure you have the votes. that is often what so many people forget about these negotiations. we hear from the president and the speaker, the two leaders ultimately became the vice president and a ignore the leader of the senate, you'v youe got to get the vote. he never specifically know how your caucus is going to react to what you are offering. adam: is there an option to stall this to tie it up? rich: usually at 11:30 p.m. on new year's eve, your colleagues will not want to talk to you all that much if you are holding this up for the
to extend all the bush tax cuts, but harry reid never took that up. and so this is the only vehicle possible to avoid a massive tax hike for the entire country, rick. rick: well, we'll see what happens over the next several hours, and i have a feeling you and i will be talking again throughout the day. happy new year to you, mike. see you again soon. heather: that final deal was hashed out by senate minority leader mitch mcconnell and vice president joe biden. here's the vice president on capitol hill last night just before the senate vote. >> i feel really very, very good about how this vote's going to go. but having been in the senate as long as i have, two things you shouldn't do. you shouldn't predict how the senate's going to vote before they vote, you won't make a lot of money and, number two, you surely shouldn't predict how the house is going to vote. but i feel very, very good. i think we'll get a very good vote tonight. but happy new year, and i will see you all maybe tomorrow. [laughter] [inaudible conversations] heather: vice president biden, of course, served 36 years in the sen
harry reid. >> the middle class will wake up to date that their taxes will not go up 2002 hundred dollars each. and they will be able to help with groceries, rent. mitch mcconnell said that they agreed to the measure instead of letting the middle class suffer. >> we do not think that the taxes should go up on anybody. but if we did not do anything that they would be going up on everybody today. we were not going to let that happen. >> they are going to reconvene today. add pain. ed payne reporting. >>> doctors are treating secretary of state hillary clinton for a blood clot that formed in her head and they're confident she will make a full recovery. they say the blood clot did not cause a stroke, or any brain damage. the clot is located in the vein in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear. to help dissolve the clot, they are treating her with blood thinners. she will be released once the medication dose has been established. she was expected to return to the state department this week. >>> the kron four morning news. here's a live look outside. from last
. that's entirely possible. but nancy pelosi is on a phone call with president obama and harry reid and she signed off on this, so she has a pretty good sense of where her caucus is, will be getting a lot of democratic support. when you look at how much democratic support this got in the senate, that's an indication it would get a lot in the house. the thing is, speaker boehner gets to determine if this bill -- i think the fact is, if you put this bill on the house floor, it will go through very easily. it's up to him whether he wants to put it on the floor or change it to get more republican support. >> brianna keilar, a big day ahead of us. thank you very much. >> let's go to capitol hill, jonathan allen, a senior correspondent for politico. happy new year. i want to pick up where brianna left off. john boehner has a choice here, to correspon corral support fro republicans or put it to an up-or-down vote. the distance is allowing super groups to put pressure on congressmen to say we don't like this deal. people on the left don't like the deal, say it gives away too much. people on
leader harry reid adjourned the senate until noon tomorrow. what are the republicans saying about the possibility of amending the bill and what it means for the future of it if they choose to come out of the meeting and put the spending cuts in the bill. what are they saying about what it means? >> david dryer head of the house rules committee expressed concern about time being a factor. he expressed concern it could kill the bill and you'd have to start over with a new bill in the 113th congress that starts in less than 48 hours so there is concern about that. others are saying we were elected to cut spending in washington. we need to do this. the clock is running. waiting to see what they will do. >> bret: we'll watch it and head back to breaking news with you. what a difference a day makes? not even a day. they were on their way to pass the legislation to avert the pain of self-imposed fiscal cliff and the trappings for the time being. tonight a different picture entirely. ed henry joins us live. what is the mood at the white house? >> they are watching and raising like the res
that mr. harry reid, as well as nancy pelosi on board with the president, so the key question tonight is the democrats who talk about things in the senate, if we hear anything from the speakers about the deal that is now emerging in the senate. reporter: we have yet to hear from the speaker's office. but one of the final hangups is getting all the democrats on board with us. mitch mcconnell knows where speaker john boehner is on this issue. they remained in contact throughout these negotiations birdseed can imagine that speaker boehner will come out as possibly as early as tonight with a statement of support. he has yet to get any information on. adam: apparently a spokesperson for the speaker saying that this is all joe biden and mitch mcconnell. no context as whether that's a compliment or insult, but potentially the deal which you have been expressing all day long. you are the one who will wrote just before 9:00 p.m. that a gop aide said that this was all done. just to wrap up with you before before we sign off one more time, no word yet from the vice president, but reporters are w
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talks between mcconnell and majority leader harry reid stalled. >> discussions continued today on a plan to protect middle class families from tax increase tomorrow. there are a number of issues on which the two sides are still apart, negotiations are continuing as i speak. >> the agreement would set the threshold for extending the bush tax cuts at $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for families. it would set the tax rate on upper income people at 39.6%. the rate under former president bill clinton. estates would be taxed at 40% above $5 million for individuals, and $10 million for a married couple. unemployment benefits would be extended a year as would the medicare doc fix it would permanently fix the alternative minimum tax. a big concern for republicans is there are no new spending cuts. >> history has a way of repeating itself. somehow washington never gets the message. here we are 30 years later on the brink of another crisis on new year's eve still addicted to spending money. >> last friday speaker boehner told his senate colleagues to see if they could find a by by bipartisan
symbolic and they'll come back and they'll pass it again because i don't see harry reid accepting any type of amended version of this. i think this is a take it or leave it offer to the house, and if they vote to leave it today, they're going to he wanted up voting to take it tomorrow or the day after. >> and, reid, you're take on that? if we don't get a bill out of the house the president has promised wait until the new congress is sworn in on january 4th and start the process all over again, so do you think the odds of a deal go up or down with the new congress? >> well, i think we're going to get the deal before the new congress comes in, but i think in the end of the day the odds probably increase given democratic gains in the last election. one of the interesting things, though, is this sort of discussion of the market's reaction and whether or not a big drop in the market like what happened after the tarp bill failed might spur people to action. we haven't really seen the market reacting that much. sure, it was down five days in a row last week to the week between christmas and new y
harry reid. i hope that he will follow his own advice and that will not be part of the problem right after we swear in the new members this next week. so i hope the institution of the senate will continue to be a senate. i hope that we will have more of a committee process, where people can work out the things that there are difficulties with and bring a more consolidated, more comprehensive, less compromising area between which neither of them believe that will get to the floor and then have an open amendment process on the floor. and i guarantee that things will happen faster than they have been in the senate. holding up things a week or two weeks while we go through the whole filibuster process is a waste of our time. amendments are not a waste of our time. i hope we can get back to that system. i yield the floor. mr. whitehouse: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from rhode island is recognized. mr. whitehouse: thank you, mr. president. i have the greatest respect for the senator from wyoming and considerable affection. indeed, he is my ranking member on the help c
majority leader harry reid if he says there is no deal because republicans have gone back on their deal? republican basis said, reed already sidelined himself. >> i think senator reid gave up his right to righteous indignation when he passed a bill that simply dealt with the taxes and didn't have a balanced approach, something that the president said he would have. remember, senator reid went home and went to bed and the negotiations were back home and went to bed. i would certainly hope that reid would realize he gave up his leadership on this bill sometime ago? >> house republicans gather in just a few minutes again, diane, looking for way forward. will they not vote on the proposal? will they give it up-or-down vote or will they attempt to change it? all three options remain on capitol hill already beyond the fiscal cliff. diane. >> rich, these are big names coming out so far. congressman issa no small fry there we also heard from eric cantor that he is against the bill. how damning is it that top republicans are coming out saying they're opposed to deal? >> that is very problematic.
in the middle of this, i'm in both feet, happy man. >> because last week the sniping between harry reid and mitch mcconnell was pretty dramatic and many points downright unhelpful, and to somehow see joe biden go in there and i don't know what he did. look at that smile. i don't want fairy dust he's sprinkled all over the place but it helped. >> every minute he's spent in the senate he used yesterday. >> he used all that. >> truly an interesting thing on capitol hill. >>> a new year's eve celebration turning deadly in sacramento, california. fight at a sports bar spilled out onto the street where thousands were gathered for a fireworks show. two people were killed and others wounded. >>> the wilmington ten have been pardoned by the outgoing governor. they were convicted of fire bombing a grocery store in 19 2, sentences commuted in 197 and convictions overturned two years later and finally a pardon. governor perdue saying they were taint the by naked racism. >>> police in florida on the hunt for thieves armed with blow torches and cut their way into three safes. no word on how much jewe
joe biden is on capitol hill. we saw the vice president with harry reid. we will bring you more of this tonight. more now from the world in 2013 for somum. the discussion contains language some viewers might find objectionable. >> we are going to shift gears a bit. i took my tie off the war earlier this morning. first, there is wifi here. you should log on to the nyu guest account. user name is guest131. password is right there for you. we will talk about the use of social media. it has been on everyone's lips the last couple of years. we have wonderful guests that are known for their engagement with their audience. i predict we are going to hear a little bit of criticism and push back on some of the wisdom of social media. first we will hear from the author of public parks. we also have the author of what will google do. he is an associate professor for journalism. give us your prediction. thanks. >> predictions are necessarily bullshit. the social media is bullshit. i don't agree with everything in that book, but i agree with the entitlements of social media itself as a misnom
and allow the president to sign it into law? >> reporter: well, the senate just adjourned moments ago. harry reid, the senate majority leader, just adjourned until noon tomorrow. so nothing would happen until noon tomorrow. but the senate, the democratic sources are saying that -- and they are being very quiet. they are not answering our obvious question, which is, what would you do if you got something that was amended. they're doing that on purpose. they don't want to sort of rock the boat. they don't want to give any sort of sense of yay or nay to house republicans to give anybody an excuse, basically. so they're being very, very quiet. but knowing the temperature over there, the fact that they feel pretty good about the fact that they passed this with not just a few republicans, two, three, four, but with 40 out of 45 republicans, 80, excuse me, 90% of the republican caucus in the senate voted for this, they feel no compunction, i don't think, to feel the need to take this up if the house changes it. they really understand that the house republicans will take the blame. >> let's see what
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